Baxter's Harry Kraemer: "I Don't Golf"

But this communication-crazy, family-friendly chief does plenty to make sure everyone at the drugmaker knows what's going on -- and why

Harry M. Jansen Kraemer Jr. was on his way to another boffo year as chairman and CEO of Baxter Intl. (BAX ) last summer when the reports of deaths started coming in. Virtually overnight, 11 people in Spain died after undergoing kidney dialysis using a blood filter made by Baxter. Then, a few weeks later, 21 kidney-dialysis patients in Croatia died within 48 hours of using the same Baxter device. By the time Baxter yanked its dialyzer from the market in mid-October, the filter had been implicated in more than 50 deaths, including a handful in the U.S.

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